Saturday, February 12, 2005

Louis XIV spied the cravat

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Louis XIV spied the cravat on the necks of Balkan mercenaries having assisted France in conquering Ottoman Turks for FranceThis image is Public Domain


Louis XIV spied the cravat on Balkan mercenaries having assisted France in conquering the Ottoman Turks.

American Heritage says:
« NOUN: A scarf or band of fabric worn around the neck as a tie.
ETYMOLOGY: French cravate, necktie worn by Croatian mercenaries in the service of France, from Cravate, a Croatian, from German dialectal Krabate, from Serbo-Croatian Hrvt. »

A necktie to this day in German is « Die Kravatte »

1 Comments:

Blogger Seesaw said...

Yes, the Croats claim KRAVATA is their invention.
Interesting blog, yours!

9:47 PM  

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